1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The Throne Room Door Opening

It’s absurdly hot and dripping humidity in the Mid-Atlantic. Summers are soooo much better west of the Rockies. But work on the V-berth head (AKA The Throne Room) is progressing nonetheless.

Laying out the door opening

Laying out the door opening

The wall panel on the left side has been ready to install for months, but for now it’s just dry fitted. I’ll screw the 1″ x 1″ mahogany cleat to the floor as a guide so the base panel won’t move when I glue and screw it home.

Solid mahogany narrow wall section will hold door hinge screws

Solid mahogany narrow wall section will hold door hinge screws

The bulkhead doesn’t provide a perfectly straight line for the door to hinge off of or close against, so I needed to add a narrow wall section to square up the door. Putting screws into plywood end grain doesn’t work for long, so I cut off a strip of solid mahogany that will do the job.

Good fit at the top

Good fit at the top

Bottom panel fits very nicely

Bottom panel fits very nicely, and the outline is marked with a pencil

Kreg Jr. pocket screw jig was worth the investment

Kreg Jr. pocket screw jig was worth the investment

A minute later, pocket screw holes are drilled

A minute later, pocket screw holes are drilled

Wood flour and epoxy...ready to glue and screw

Wood flour and epoxy…ready to glue and screw

First, wet out the wall pieces

First, wet out the wall pieces with epoxy

Next, wet out the bulkhead and floor along the glue line

Next, wet out the bulkhead and floor along the glue line

Once the glue lines are all wetted out with straight epoxy, I mixed up some wood flour-thickened epoxy and applied it to the wetted out areas.

Glue and screw before the epoxy kicks!

Glue and screw before the epoxy kicks!

Nice glue line to the corner piece

Nice glue line to the solid mahogany corner piece

Stubby hinge-side wall piece looks good

Stubby hinge-side wall piece looks good

Surprisingly nice pocket screwed and glued butt joint

Nearly invisible pocket screwed and glued butt joint

Looks exactly like the plan!

Looks almost exactly like the plan!

The Plan

Next step: fiberglass!

Next step: fiberglass!

There are few things that come to mind that are as nasty sounding as doing fiberglass work in the middle of a sticky, hot summer. Nonetheless, it’s gotta happen.

Next up in our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Fiberglassing the “Throne Room”

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One comment on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The Throne Room Door Opening

  1. stingrayl82 says:

    Cleaning out a septic tank in the summer in Timonium….yeah, that sucked.

    We’re at an Antique and Classic Boat Society show with our fiberglassic up in McCall, ID.

    Keep up the awesome work, Q!

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